April 14, 2001
Coral Gables, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (33-8, 14-1 ACC) dropped a 5-4 game to No. 8 Miami (29-10) in front of a season-high crowd of 5,643 fans at Mark Light Stadium. Trailing 5-1 after two innings, the comeback attempt came up short as the Seminoles left a total of 10 runners on base and the bases loaded in the seventh inning. John-Ford Griffin went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a homer to lead the Tribe at the plate. Griffin has now homered in three straight games.
Danny Matienzo put Miami up 2-0 after the first inning with a two-run homer to left center. Marcus Nettles was on board after drawing a walk.
FSU got one run back in the top of the second when Karl Jernigan was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Nick Rogers’ walk and came around to score on a throwing error by Miami starting pitcher Brian Walker.
UM extended its lead to 5-1 with three unearned runs in the second. Kevin Howard scored on a fielding error by FSU second baseman Bryan Zech and Charlton Jimerson knocked in a pair of runs with a two-out double to right center.
With Zech on after a single to left, John-Ford Griffin cut the lead to 5-3 with a homer to right center. Griffin’s homer was his third in as many games and his team-leading 12th of the season.
The Seminoles got one more in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game. Jernigan singled, moved to second on a Rogers’ walk and scored on Chris Hart’s RBI-single to left.
FSU had one last chance in the top of the ninth, but Mike Futrell’s deep fly ball to right was caught at the warning track with Griffin on first after taking a walk.
Matt Lynch took the loss and dropped to 5-2 on the season. Lynch gave up just two earned runs (five unearned) on five hits in 5.1 innings, struck out four and walked five. Eric Roman kept the Seminoles close with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Walker improved to 8-1 with the victory. Walker went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking four. George Huguet recorded the final two outs to earn his eighth save of the season.
FSU RHP Marc LaMacchia (5-0) will face UM RHP Tom Farmer (7-2) in Sunday’s contest, which will be televised live by Fox Sports Net at 1:00 p.m.